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Richard Paden


Locations: College Park, Bowie, and Columbia. 

Richard Paden: Procurement Specialist & VA Certified Counselor


Richard Paden currently serves as a Maryland APEX Accelerator Procurement Specialist. Mr. Paden has been a part of our program since 2014, and his primary area of assistance lies in Howard, Prince George’s, and Montgomery Counties. During a career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Paden has identified, qualified, and conducted capture management and key personnel recruiting for numerous multi-year government contract awards. Since joining the APEX Accelerator Richard has serviced 500 clients, done over 3,000 counseling hours, and assisted his clients in winning 53 contracts totaling over $18 million. Mr. Paden also has a wide array of experience in:

Sales & Sales Management:

Mr. Paden has had over a decade of experience working in management and sales positions at different firms and companies. Richard has been affiliated with Idea Integration, SI International Inc., Ciber Inc., and Control Data Corporation. He also has federal sales experience with Cullinet Software Inc. and Cincom Systems Inc.


Small Business Owner:

As a small business owner of Government Sales and Marketing Consultants Inc. (GSMC), Mr. Paden helped new companies acquire new business from the Federal Government. GSMC’s areas of expertise included sales, marketing, and new business projections. Richard was also the President and Founder of Systems Design and Analysis, which functioned as a professional services firm.



Mr. Paden has been recognized for his leadership skills by receiving several awards during his experience in high positions in sales and sales management. Those awards and accolades include Top Gun Sales Manager of the year, Salesman of the Year, and two-time winner of the Shark Award amongst many others. In addition, Mr. Paden has held several security DoD clearances. 

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